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3 weeks ago.
We spend an hour with the Heavenstrike Rivals Steam release
Square Enix and Mediatonic's Heavenstrike Rivals arrived on Steam this week, previously released on iOS and Android smartphone players. It's a free-to-play strategy RPG that features character designs by Ryoma Ito (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift) and music by long-time Square Enix arranger/sound programmer Ryo Yamazaki (Final Fantasy XIV 1.0). In the video below, we play through the game's first hour starting from the title screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=honboZVrt6k The game starts off with you creating your profile,…
1 month ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 8) May 15 2016
In the latest episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It, Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow of Nova Crystallis and Michael Damiani of Easy Allies talk about what games we've been playing lately, chatting up that E3 hype, Sakaguchi and Tabata's recent interview, FINAL FANTASY LIST WARZZZ and more! HEY YOU: We're also taking your topic suggestions for future shows! Let's hear it in the comments below or you can tweet/follow us at @NovaCrystallis! https://youtu.be/ItYK8ck9488…
1 month ago.
We spend an hour with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Square Enix's new smartphone RPG
If you missed it, don't kick yourself. The soft launch of Square Enix and Alim's Final Fantasy Brave Exvius in North America went live late last week for iOS and Android-enabled smartphones. In the video below, we take a spin through the first hour of the game, which includes the introduction and tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbzLvjSYKjQ Final Fantasy Brave Exvius features its own original story, putting you in the combat boots of cheeky, brattish knight Rain. His friend and fellow knight Lasswell is the young…
1 month ago.
Looking Forward To It: Revenge of Days of Future Past
Nova Crystallis staff Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow are joined by Michael Damiani of Easy Allies for another episode of Looking Forward To It. In this episode (by relative order of appearance), we chat what games we've been playing lately, Michael's descent back into Final Fantasy XI and Tony messing around with Final Fantasy IX PC and Valkyrie Anatomia. We also chat new details about Final Fantasy XIV's new patch Revenge of the Horde, and weigh our thoughts on the…
1 month ago.
Watch the first hour of Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin
Service for Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin has begun in Japan, and we thought we'd take a spin through the new freemium smartphone RPG on iOS and Android. Watch the first hour below! https://www.youtube.com/v/Oxt-wFOwyuU Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin is set before the original Valkyrie Profile and stars the same protagonist Lenneth. You'll be able to recruit and collect a wide variety of Einherjar for your party of four, and combat functions quite similarly to the series vernacular. The story is told through a…
2 months ago.
Here's a closer look at Final Fantasy IX's new features on PC
Final Fantasy IX's recent release on iOS and Android came with a multitude of new features, all of which have transposed to the PC version. That includes updated character models (sans unsightly texture seams in the Android version), the ability to use cloud storage for a single save file. Should you get a game over screen during the game's key boss encounters, you'll be able to continue from the title screen shortly before the boss battle commences. In the video below,…
2 months ago.
Looking Forward To It: Uncovered Re-covered
Nova Crystallis staff Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow are joined by Michael Damiani of Easy Allies for another episode of Looking Forward To It. This time we're talking solely about Uncovered Final Fantasy XV. We weigh in on the event itself, brand-new gameplay reveals, and the mulitimedia announcements including the Kingsglaive movie and Brotherhood anime. Join us to see what we're looking forward to in Final Fantasy XV! https://www.youtube.com/v/Exo32j7aNec…
2 months ago.
We spend some heart-to-heart time with Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is the newest entry into the now fourteen-year old saga that marries Disney and Final Fantasy characters into an original storyline. Out now in North America for both iOS and Android, the game originally started life as a browser-based game in Japan (scheduled to go offline in September 2016). In the video below, we check out the first 30 minutes of the game from the title screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAmT1l49B_E Chronologically, Unchained χ takes place before all others in the series,…
5 months ago.
Looking Forward To It: Happy New Year 2016
2016 is now upon us, and in our first episode of this year's Looking Forward To It, we lay out what games we're looking forward to. Starting with the year ahead for Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward, we also delve into Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy Explorers, Kingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy XV. Join Erren Van Duine, Tony Garsow, and Michael Damiani as we discuss Square Enix's popular upcoming titles. What are you looking forward to the most in 2016? Sound off…
6 months ago.
Final Fantasy VII Remake PlayStation Experience 2015 Trailer Analysis
Today during the PlayStation Experience keynote, Final Fantasy VII Remake made a big appearance with a new trailer showing off cutscenes and gameplay - all in-engine. For such an occasion we decided to piece together a quick analysis - taking a look at Final Fantasy VII Remake's battle system, gameplay, gameplay mechanics and anything else you might've missed on your first perusal. Starting off with the trailer itself, the first thing we notice is the abundance of real time footage - showing off…
7 months ago.
Looking Forward To It: As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness
The first major post-release content patch following Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward expansion is here -- and boy does it kick things off right! Join Erren and myself in a new episode of Looking Forward To It, where we delve into Patch 3.1, formally titled: As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness. Our discussion includes our impressions of the game's new thrills like Exploratory Missions to the Diadem, the Void Ark raid, Lord of Verminion, new dungeons, and interesting quality of life features. We also share…
1 year ago.
Here's what we make of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Last week we held a special edition of the Tetracast last week to discuss our going hands on with Final Fantasy XV for the first time, and now we've got another special edition of our podcast for you - this time discussing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD as the review embargo lifts. We've been playing it, and we can now finally let rip our full impressions of the game in detail. There's lots discussed in this special edition, including the ins-and-outs of…
1 year ago.
Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae previews rounded up
This past week the games press had a chance to check out Final Fantasy XV's demo ahead of its release in a couple weeks. From written previews to captured footage, we've rounded up what we've seen from around the net. As for what we thought? Check out our special edition network podcast featuring a bit of Q&A on what Alex saw during his play session. If we missed any, feel free to let us know in the comments. IGN (includes new video…
1 year ago.
We've played Final Fantasy XV - here's what you need to know
Late last week, we got to go and get hands-on with Final Fantasy XV for the first time, getting a good chunk of time to experience Episode Duscae, the upcoming demo of the game that's set to ship as a download code with first-print copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD later this month. There's a lot to talk about - so rather than a regular article explaining what we played and what we thought, we've recorded a special edition of the TetraCast,…
1 year ago.
Everything you need to know from the Final Fantasy XV demo stream
Square Enix Japan just got done hosting a 'Square Enix Presents' event which featured Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata showing off video footage of the Final Fantasy XV demo, that's to come packaged with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, in action. We've taken notes on the important parts of the demo so those of you who missed it or those who can't speak Japanese can find out the latest. Events kicked off with the reveal of the first major piece of Final…
1 year ago.
Final Fantasy XV TGS 2014 Trailer Analysis
As every one of you no doubt knows by now, a brand new trailer was released for Final Fantasy XV during this year's Tokyo Game Show. What could be better than that? How about this: It's confirmed as being actual, live gameplay and not a target render like much of last year's E3 footage. In the wake of such exciting news, we at Nova Crystallis decided it was time for another of our Trailer Analysis articles, and we're inviting you…
3 years ago.
The Future of Final Fantasy Event Report
Following the announcement of both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III at Sony's press conference on Monday night, Square Enix held a private press event to provide further details on the future of both series. We had a chance to see it for ourselves, and over the course of an hour were treated to the company's plans for their first foray into the next generation of games and game platforms. The presentation kicked off with a brief montage of several key…
3 years ago.
Ehren's 3FP: Final Fantasy VII ~Open~ [Hiatus]
Today's update will be very, very short. Because E3 is in just a week and I have to prepare for a lot of stuff, I decided it would be a good idea if I went on a bit of a break from these articles. I had planned to make an announcement sooner, but a good time hadn't come up and I felt I should at least have gotten to play a little bit of VII beforehand so you'd have something…
3 years ago.
Ehren's 3FP: Final Fantasy VI ~Fin~
I'm coming at you a few days late due to some last-minute 'plans' and some editing issues, but Monday night I beat Final Fantasy VI! Yes, this update sees me reaching the end of what seems to be a heavy fan favorite as well as licking the last of the sprite-based adventures. It's goodbye inch-high, hello models, but I don't plan on going without a bit of a bang. Here's how it all went down! Progress ~Friday, May 24th (After 6PM) Realized there…
3 years ago.
Screenshots from the Lightning Returns 'Extended First Look' HQ Trailer
A week ago today, I provided you all with an in-depth look at a high quality version of the Lightning Returns trailer made available at Jump Festa. Some time after that article was posted, I came into possession of a similarly HQ version of the extended trailer that was released in January and began trying to upload it somewhere on the net for all of you to watch. It's with a bit of a heavy heart that I must report…